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sneak peek: heather chontos

by Amy Azzarito

it’s all girls in the windsor terrace, brooklyn home of art director, stylist and painter heather chontos. heather has created this serene home for herself and two daughters – kodie, 11, and zana, 2.  she has a fascinating background – first studied egyptology in barcelona, then on to london where she studied art history and material studies (focusing on the science of painting and drawing conservation). and has since worked with an impressive roster of clients – everyone from italian vogue to anthropologie – and has partnered with some amazing photographers. but what really has all of us drooling are her incredible paintings (see more on heather’s blog) so lovely! {thanks, heather, kodie and zana!}amy a.

[I change the interior of this space almost monthly. Through my work, I see so many things that inspire a constant change of style. I like modern clean lines mixed with really old rough, falling apart things. I grew up in a cluttered house and as a result, can’t stand clutter. I have too much stuff as it is – a side effect of my work. I love the old French white plaster walls and wrecked furniture, but I also love Danish modern wooden clean beautiful tables and cabinets. I guess I like “simple chaos” in my interior.]

[photo above: The light in this apartment is very beautiful and makes everything glow. I love my bird sculpture – it is from Haiti.]

[photo above: This a new one that I don’t think I can part with! It is a collage and oil painting, 8 feet high, 6 feet wide. I love the size, I am working on an even bigger one!]

CLICK HERE for more of Heather’s peek & all the images on one page!

[photo above: This stool is one of my favorite eBay wins!]

[photo above: The longhorn skull is reminiscent of the time that I spent in Texas and New Mexico these last few years. When a good friend, whose family has a Western cattle ranch, explained to me how it got to be so white, I wondered if it should be in the kitchen!  (Apparently, they put the longhorn skull on a red ant mound – the ants eat all the flesh and make it perfectly clean!)]

[photo above: My older daughter Kodie, 11,  cooks properly with me in the kitchen, but Zana is not even 2 yet, so we got her a little play kitchen.]

[photo above: I work commercially as  a prop stylist and set designer on photo shoots. I have worked mainly in print, but am looking forward to working in film. I have been fortunate to work with some amazing photographers over the years. It has been an amazing learning process for the last 12 years. I love to create the scenario of someone else’s world, a space that represents a fantasy or a reality. That is why I do set design and the props – the everyday objects in a person’s home are can be quite significant as a demonstration of personality and style.]

[photo above: This is where the girls cause a lot of trouble. There is a lot of bed jumping and then trips to the ER. I made these huge paper flowers for a shoot and brought them home to put all over their room. Kodie wanted a floral/jungle theme – I guess because they are monkeys.]

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